What’s included in the basic price you pay to go on a Disney cruise? Besides your stateroom, the price you pay to take a trip with Disney Cruise Line also includes several other items that may vary from what other cruise companies offer.
Here’s what you won’t have to worry about paying for on your future Disney cruise.
Your cruise payment includes all of your meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All of the quick service, buffet and rotational dining locations are included.
On our first trip with Disney Cruise Line, we visited the buffet at Cabanas for breakfast, one of the quick service locations for lunch and then we participated in the scheduled rotational dining.
Room service is also included, but you will find additional costs for select items and alcohol.
There are specialty restaurants, Palo and Remy, that require reservations and carry an additional fee.
Unlike other cruise companies, Disney Cruise Line provides soft drinks at no additional cost. There are soft drink stations on the pool deck and there’s no extra charge to grab a soft drink at breakfast or to order one with dinner.
It is worth noting that soft drinks that are packaged in bottles, such as with room service or at the concession stands, do carry an additional cost.
Disney knows how to do entertainment. That’s a fact they prove in a big way during their cruises.
Nightly, they host Broadway-style entertainment that’s fun for the whole family. On our 4-night trip on the Disney Dream, we experienced The Golden Mickeys, Disney’s Believe and Beauty and the Beast. All three shows were outstanding, featuring iconic Disney fun and some incredible effects. Beauty and the Beast, the newest show on Disney Cruise Line, was outstanding and raised the bar for what’s possible for a stage show during a cruise. We won’t say too much more as we don’t want to spoil the fun.
Beyond their Broadway-style shows, there are also variety acts, live musicians in the atrium and movies regularly showing both in the theater and on the funnel on the pool deck. The movies are a lot of fun as Disney will show new releases, giving guests an opportunity to see brand new movies for no additional cost.
Select cruises also have deck dance parties, themed nights such as Pirate Night and an incredible fireworks show at sea.
Who doesn’t love soft serve ice cream? If you’re a fan, you’ll love going on a Disney cruise as you can have as much ice cream as your heart desires.
You’ll find soft serve locations on the pool deck located not too far from the soft drink stations. They offer different flavors throughout your cruise. On our 4-night trip on the Disney Dream, we enjoyed chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and banana.
There are specialty ice cream and candy locations on the ships that do carry an additional fee.
Youth Clubs for children, tweens and teens are all included in the overall price of your cruise. These clubs are outstanding, featuring a variety of fun from morning until late into the night.
Check out the list of youth clubs and try not to get jealous if you’re too old to enjoy them. The nursery for the youngest of cruisers does carry an hourly fee.
Meet the Characters
Would it really be a Disney cruise without the characters? If you want to meet with a variety of Disney characters throughout your trip, you can do so at no additional cost. Simply hop in line – most were extremely short – and you can see Mickey, Donald, Cinderella or any number of characters.
Disney offers a variety of free activities during their cruises for guests of all ages. During our 4-night trip, we attended an Anyone Can Cook session where the Executive Chef in charge of the bakery taught everyone how to make an apple strudel, complete with free samples.
We also attended some of the nightly entertainment in the adult section of the ship which was an absolute blast. Match Your Mate is a must-see for adult cruisers. Other entertainment included dance parties, contests and more.
Other included activities vary depending on the ship, but some examples include miniature golf, the Aqua Duck water coaster on the Disney Dream and Fantasy, craft sessions and much, much more.